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Indiana’s Smart Moves to Cloud, Secure Identity Management

At the NASCIO Annual conference, CIO Tracy Barnes outlined how Indiana IT is leading by example as they move applications to the cloud, as well as his plans for secure and efficient identity and access management.

Indiana Chief Information Officer Tracy Barnes
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Like many state IT shops, the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) is looking to how to best make use of federal funding, like the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan, to reduce technical debt and push the state forward in a way that’s both effective and efficient.

At the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) annual conference last month, CIO Tracy Barnes talked about Indiana’s carefully considered move to a multi-cloud solution. IOT is showing state agencies the value to moving systems to the cloud, and also leading by example, transitioning its own applications off premises first to use as a proving ground.

Barnes also described Indiana’s early work toward creating an identity and access management (IAM) solution, a common theme among conference attendees. Especially in light of how the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical need for digital services, states know more than ever that residents and staff alike need to be able to connect to their government easily, securely and efficiently.

In Indiana, Barnes is approaching the major task of building an IAM platform with a 30,000-foot lens, taking what he calls a “holistic” view of identity management and putting the proper road map in place from the beginning.

Lauren Harrison is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.
Noelle Knell has been the editor of Government Technology magazine for e.Republic since 2015. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, covering public projects, transportation, business and technology. A California native, she has worked in both state and local government, and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with majors in political science and American history. She can be reached via email and on Twitter.